New England runners earn Team USA spots at USATF Winter Cross Country Championships

2/4/2019
 
Three New Englanders ran to spots on Team USA for international events at the USATF Winter Cross Country Championships / USA Team Trials in Tallahassee, Florida, on February 2. 
 
First year Boston College runners Nicole Clermont (Franklin MA) and Kayla Smith went 1-2 in the Junior (not turning 20 in 2019) race, earning starting line positions at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark on March 30. The pair finished in 21:14 and 21:19, respectively, over the 6km course, having an 8 second margin over third place. 
 
In the women's Senior/Open race, Katrina Spratford (NEDistance / Providence RI) placed 14th in the 8km race (34:19) and accepted an offer to don the USA uniform on February 16 at the NACAC (North American-Central American-Caribbean) Championships in Trinidad & Tobago. Molly Huddle (Providence) was overall race silver medalist but declined a world XC berth due to spring road race commitments.  Elaina Tabb (B.A.A. / Watertown MA) finished in 11th place. 
 
The USATF Masters 8km XC races were contested as part of the Trials meet, and Nat Larson (Greater Springfield Harriers / Amherst MA) continued the mastery of his age group.  With a 27:50 clocking, the 2018 USATF M55 Runner of the Year finished fourth overall, won his division, and topped the age graded scoring at 90.42%.   Teammate Kent Lemme placed second in M50 / 10 overall, and Norm Larson (Green Mt.AA) was 4th M60 as well as 4th age graded (88.27%). 
 
 
NACAC Championships rosters and notes